Gemstone Hardness: Why Are Some Gemstones Better to Wear in Engagement Rings than Others?

Have you ever wondered why there are so many different diamond engagement rings in San Diego, but only a few set with an amethyst or an emerald? Our customers often ask us whether or not they can get a specific gemstone set in their engagement ring. And while there’s nothing stopping you from using an emerald or an amethyst, they are not the most recommended gemstones by jewelers for use in an engagement ring. Why?

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Gemstone Treatments: The Good, Bad, and Ugly

Gemstone treatments are procedures that precious stones are often subjected to in order to improve one of their aspects, like color or clarity. While some treatments are considered an industry standard, others can affect the value of the gemstone, and if the treatment is not disclosed, a higher price could be charged for a lower quality stone.

For example, customers buying diamond rings in San Diego from shady sources might end up with an imperfect diamond but be charged for a more valuable one without even knowing the difference. In this article, we will list a number of common gemstone treatments, the legitimacy of their use, and whether or not you can detect them yourself.

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Most Commonly Used Gemstone Treatments for Vintage Engagement Rings in San Diego

You may have heard the term “gemstone treatments” over and over again while you were browsing for authentic vintage engagement rings in San Diego. In case you were wondering, they are just what the name implies: treatments used on gemstones to make them look better, brighter or more colorful.

While you might be inclined to think that all treated gemstones are shady business, there are treatments that are widely used and approved of in the jewelry industry, because they enhance the stones and don’t negatively affect their value. On the other hand, there are some treatments that are widely discouraged.

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How Do Gemstones Get Their Colors?

Have you ever wondered why rubies are red, and emeralds green? Also, why are there white diamonds, but also pink ones and yellow ones? There are a lot of misconceptions that diamonds and other gemstones are of virtually the same mineral composition. Nothing could be further from the truth!

Here we offer a glimpse into the world of gemstones: what they are, and what gives them those beautiful colors that we find so captivating.

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Certified Rolex Repair in San Diego: What Does It Actually Mean?

If you own a fine Swiss or German watch, such as Rolex, you don’t want to risk damaging it or decreasing its value in any way by taking it to just any repair shop to be serviced. As the first wristwatch in the world to receive the Swiss Certificate of Chronometric Precision, a Rolex requires nothing less than the skill and precision of a certified watchmaker.

Unfortunately, there are plenty of San Diego Rolex repair service providers who claim to be ‘’Certified Rolex Watchmakers‘’ or claim that their company is an ‘’Authorized Rolex Repair Center’’, while none of it is actually true.

So how do you know who to trust?

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How to Tell if a Diamond is Real or Fake?

Diamonds are a very expensive purchase, which is why you can’t blame someone who has purchased from a private party for doubting they were sold the real deal. Many owners might at some point suspect that their diamond is not authentic, especially if it didn’t come with a certificate issued by a prestigious laboratory such as the GIA.

The safest way to ensure that your purchase is legitimate is to buy diamond jewelry or wedding rings in San Diego from trusted professional jewelers like Leo Hamel’s. However, if you already made a purchase and doubt the diamond’s authenticity, there are several possible methods to check if your diamond is real or fake.

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Quartz or Mechanical: How to Recognize and Choose Between Different Watch Mechanisms?

The watch movement or the caliber is a mechanism that makes every watch tick. It is an engine that powers a watch and all of its functions. The mechanism inside the watch moves the hands and powers any additional features such as annual calendars, chronographs or dual time zone displays. Powering all the timekeeping tasks, the movement is the most important component in any watch – just ask any professional who specializes in watch repair in San Diego. There are many different movements that power a watch, but they all fall into two categories: mechanical and quartz movements.

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How to Keep Your Jewelry Shining Forever: Proper Cleaning and Storing Tips

Did you get a fancy new gold necklace for Christmas or a shiny engagement ring? Congratulations! What makes fine jewelry so eternal is that it can always look as shiny as when you first got it, provided you take good care of it. Properly storing and caring for your jewelry, combined with an occasional visit to a professional who specializes in repairing and cleaning fine jewelry and engagement rings in San Diego, will ensure that you will proudly wear your precious possessions for years and years to come.

While some pieces of jewelry are fairly easy to maintain, others like pearls require extra attention and special precautions to be taken. In this guide, we will go through the proper ways of cleaning and taking care of different pieces of jewelry so that they truly last forever. Continue reading How to Keep Your Jewelry Shining Forever: Proper Cleaning and Storing Tips

How to Take Care of Your Fine Jewelry when Traveling

If you are like me, packing for a trip is tantamount to a nightmare. I never seem to be able to leave some things behind because I start imagining myself in all the wonderful places I’m about to visit and, of course, I envision all the outfits. So how can I possibly decide on packing only the essentials?

The same goes for jewelry. Some pieces are such an important addition to my outfit that I simply cannot do without them. That in mind, I take extra care of my fine jewelry when I travel. Here are some of the things I do to make sure all my favorite diamond jewelry, pearls and fine gemstone pieces remain in tip-top shape during (and after) my trip.

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The History of White Gold

White Gold earring Small - Gold jewelry San DiegoThe 19th century saw the invention of white gold. At the time, manufacturers alloyed gold with palladium. It wasn’t commercially available until 1912, when it was issued as a patent in Pforzheim, Germany, subsequently gaining popularity as a more affordable alternative to platinum in the mid-1920s. Essentially, it was gold alloyed with copper, zinc and nickel.

Nowadays, a metal belonging to the platinum family often replaces nickel because it prevents skin allergies and other allergic reactions. Depending on the recipe, the alloy can possess various characteristics when it comes to ductility, malleability and hardness; in turn, different alloys can be used for different purposes.

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